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Are e-scooters coming to Rochester?

February 20, 2019 07:18 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- How would you like a new and possibly quicker way to get where you need to go?

Electric scooters are making their way throughout cities across the country and Rochester could be one of the next places you see them.

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Some state lawmakers are now throwing their support behind e-scooters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of them. In his new budget proposal, he laid out a plan to let local cities and towns decide whether to allow certain scooters and motorized bikes. It would keep them at low speeds and includes requirements for traffic and safety standards.

Part of the reason why these scooters are still illegal in New York is safety. Lawmakers who are still not on board just yet want to make sure the rides are safe for customers, other drivers, and people on sidewalks.

News10NBC spoke to Lime, a popular bike and scooter sharing app. Representatives say they are working with New York lawmakers to get this done this year.

“New York – particularly cities like Rochester – need new affordable, reliable transportation options to help millions of New Yorkers who do not have easy access to mass transit—and micro-mobility will deliver,” said Phil Jones, Lime Senior Director for the East Coast. “We are working with the Governor and the Legislature to improve transportation options for all New Yorkers this year. We applaud Governor Cuomo's forward-thinking vision to include micro-mobility in his budget so that New Yorkers can easily get around their communities regardless of zip code, bank account or background.”

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Brennan Somers

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